Frequently asked questions

  • Do you offer an aftercare program? 
    Yes, we offer an aftercare program called "Acorns and Oaks" for students ages 2 to 11. Costs for the program are outside of the standard tuition and fees.
  • Do you offer extracurricular activities? 
    Yes, each term, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities for students in Years 1 to 13. These include clubs, sports, performing arts, and more. 
  • How do the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) benefit children who want to attend an American university?
    Both the IGCSE and IBDP are rigorous two-year programs that challenge and engage students. With help from our school leaders, students identify their interests and pursue a track of IGCSE and IBDP courses that will serve them well in the future. A portfolio that includes IGCSE and IBDP certifications will help our students' university applications stand out from others. Plus, top US and international universities highly value the IB diploma. 
  • What languages do you offer, and when do they start?
    BISW offers Spanish instruction from Nursery to Year 13 and French instruction for intermediate to advanced speakers in Years 7 through 13. We also permit families to externally arrange foreign language tutors to provide lessons in other languages to substitute for Spanish or French.  
  • Do you have provisions for children with special educational needs?
    BISW is an inclusive school, and our Learning Support department provides targeted assistance for children who need extra help. The best way for us to understand if our school would be the right fit for your child would be to complete an application and include any documentation about your child's needs. This documentation may consist of psychology reports and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
  • Where do your families live, and do you provide school buses?
    Our families come from all around the Washington, DC area, including locations in Maryland and Virginia. We offer bus services within a 20-mile radius from the school. Learn more about our transportation options here.  
  • As a parent, how can I become involved?
    BISW encourages every parent to take an active role in school life and events. Our Parents' Association offers excellent opportunities to become involved through volunteer activities at the school and Parent Representative roles. 
  • How does the school communicate with parents?
    BISW stays in touch with parents through various mediums: 

    • Face-to-face conversations are always available, either at formally planned parent-teacher conferences or informal meetings at the request of the parent or teacher. 
    • Each year group receives reports throughout the school year to help parents understand their child's academic journey. 
    • Email dialogue between the teacher and parent helps our community remain connected. 
    • Teachers may use web-based app portals, like SeeSaw, to post pictures and updates from your child's class. 
    • Our social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter helps us showcase exciting moments from around the school and give the community a chance to cheer on our students. 
    • Weekly newsletters include letters from senior leadership and highlight events and activities. 
    • Regular coffee mornings at the school give parents and guardians a chance to meet with fellow parents and faculty members. 
  • Is a school lunch provided? Where is the food sourced from and made?
    BISW partners with FLIK Dining, an independent school dining service that provides delicious, healthy menus to school children. FLIK adheres to the highest standards of food hygiene and preparation. They source local ingredients when possible and create their menu items in our on-site kitchen. This makes it possible for students to enjoy a range of wholesome, hearty meals each week. 
  • Are you a selective school?
    BISW is academically non-selective because we believe that no child has a limit to their potential or ability. When considering applicants, we see if they share our values of respect, tolerance, and open-mindedness and whether we can accommodate their individual needs to ensure they receive the best possible education.